Jacaranda trees near the Union Building

Destination

Pretoria Holidays

Immerse yourself in South African history

Quiet, sedate Pretoria is a complete contrast to the frenetic atmosphere of nearby Johannesburg. Leafy and lined with purple-blossomed jacaranda trees, this genteel city has a beauty all of its own. 

Pretoria celebrates the heroes that built this nation from a turbulent history. From Freedom Park, honouring South Africans who lost their lives for freedom, to the Voortrekker Monument, celebrating the pioneers who left the Cape Colony, Pretoria is a lesson in South African history, outlining courage and patriotism. South Africa's complex history and cultural diversity are reflected in Pretoria's architecture which ranges from Dutch and German to British colonial and art deco with the addition of a uniquely South African style.

Following a short break in scenic Pretoria, we recommend you extend your trip by heading to Kruger National Park for the safari experience of a lifetime.

Destination Highlights
  • Historic city with fascinating heritage
  • Explore leafy jacaranda-lined streets
  • Visit Pretoria's beautiful national botanical gardens
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +2
  • Currency South African rand (ZAR)
  • Visa Information British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. Strict entrance policies apply for passengers traveling with children under the age of 18.
  • Language English is widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Approx. 17 hours; There are no direct flights to Pretoria. British Airways offers an indirect service via Cape Town, and South African Airways offer an indirect service to Pretoria via Johannesburg. Alternatively fly indirect with Emirates or KLM.
  • Health Information Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa.

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